Song Lyric Sunday: Magic – ‘Black Magic Woman’

“Got your spell on me, baby” Helen is looking for a song relating to ‘Magic’ this week. There are plenty out there, certainly. To be perfectly honest, the first one that came into my head was Barry Manilow’s ‘Could It Be Magic?’ Hmmm…oui, mais non, as the French are wont to say. More attuned to…

Song Lyric Sunday: Freedom – ‘Me and Bobby McGee’

“Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose” Song selection this week – for the theme of ‘freedom’ – was one of the easier decisions I’ve had to make on a Sunday morning. This seminal Kris Kristofferson song – performed here by Janis Joplin – provides perhaps a different take on what is usually…

Song Lyric Sunday: Sound – ‘Careless Whisper’

This week’s theme for Song Lyric Sunday is a bit of a tester. Helen has asked us to post a song with a word that describes a sound in the title or lyrics, but I don’t think I’m entirely sure what she means. Are we talking about onomatoepia – which is when a word is…

My Music Lexicon: M is for Michael (and Mott The Hoople)

You may not have been expecting this one. Here¬† we are at the halfway stage of My Music Lexicon and so far, by and large, it’s been a litany of guitar-heavy rock, with a dash of folk/protest. Well, it’s what I like. But I have a softer side too, especially for well-crafted songs with lyrics…

Song Lyric Sunday: Alcohol – ‘Brown Eyed Women’

“Daddy made whiskey and he made it well. Cost two dollars and it burned like hell” This week’s theme is ‘Alcohol’; I can deal with that. It’s been a month since I last featured a Grateful Dead song, but here’s one that meets the brief. There is a popular misconception about the Grateful Dead, in…

My Music Lexicon: L is for Led Zeppelin (and nobody else)

We’re not quite halfway through this musical lexicon and we’ve already had a few examples of musical epiphany. However, for sheer power and immediacy there has never been anything to match the very first time I heard Led Zeppelin. By the time we got to the Lower Sixth (first of two years of A-level studies),…